My Challenge to Coach Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks

Matt Eventoff

By now, most of the country has witnessed the highlight from the first televised game, an Oregon loss. At the conclusion of the game, Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State linebacker Byron Hout with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. Not the way first year coach Chip Kelly wanted to start his season, or his coaching career at Oregon. So how did the Coach Kelly, Athletic Director Mike Bellotti and the University of Oregon handle it?

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Oregon update

Speak Schmeak

On our way to Hood River on Monday we stopped off at Multnomah Falls. Usually I would pose up on that bridge (you can see it toward the bottom of the photo, to the right of the falls), but this time we just stopped by for a quick look. Walking to the falls, we encountered a male Coho salmon lounging in a shallow part of the creek (no picture; he blended in too well with the pebbles on the bottom), waiting for the females to start arriving to spawn.

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Blogger Is Not Journalist, Oregon Federal Judge Rules

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

District Judge in Oregon Marco Hernandez decided that blogger Crystal L. A ruling that has wide implications for alternate media, U.S. Cox was not a journalist.    AP's Jeff Barnard reports that, as a result, Hernandez could be sued for defamation about what she posted on her blog about attorney Kevin Patrick. Since a blogger is not a journalist, the poster is not protected by traditional media laws. 

"Trump: Oregon victims might have survived had they been armed," The Washington Post

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump forcefully defended the constitutional right to bear arms here [Franklin, TN] Saturday and argued that the nine people shot and killed this week in an Oregon community college might have survived had they, too, been armed."

"Pay It Forward" or "Pay It Yourself?"

Speaking Of...

Most recently, in Oregon the legislature rapidly passed a bill called Pay It Forward (HB 3472) that aims to “provide access for all Oregonians to a debt-free degree and protect funding for public higher education. While proponents in Oregon suggest that the $9 billion needed to start the program could be raised through state bonds, they require voter approval and of course also must be repaid. Take the University of Oregon, for example.

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Podcast: Salem ShowBiz 2010 DeBrief

Communication Steroids

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Right Out of the Gate, Law School Graduates Learn How Unfair Life Can Be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those states are Louisiana, Washington, Utah, and Oregon. In four states, those graduating from ABA-accredited law firms got very lucky because of COVID-19. The Supreme Courts in those four approved the Diploma Privilege. That means that the law school graduates do not have to take the bar exam - ever. Instead, if they fulfill all the other requirements of their state bar association, they can be licensed without passing the bar exam. And that's that.

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The Big Five Personality Traits Model

SlideModel

The model is credited to Lewis Goldberg from the Oregon Research Institute. You might have come across people who enjoy outdoor activities, parties and mingling with others. However, then there are people who go to a party and have to recover the next day!

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Boston Globe Broke Story of Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse, Now 20th Diocese (Rochester, NY) Files for Bankruptcy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They range from San Diego to Portland, Oregon. On August 14th, the Child's Victim Act (CVA) went into effect. That provides a one-year look-back window for alleged victims of abuse to file lawsuits. Since then, reports Law and Crime , 580 lawsuits have been filed in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester (New York). So far, 59 lawsuits have been filed directly against the Diocese. They contend abuse by Catholic priests, nuns, brothers, and deacons.

IABC Silver Quill Awards: Pacific Region

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The Pacific Plains Region includes communicators from: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Earn recognition for your speechwriting skills (and other business communication expertise) from the Pacific Plains Region of IABC.

Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head

Presentation Zen

Links • It's Not Just Mud • ishinomaki2.com NOTE : I grew up in Seaside Oregon , directly on the other side of the Pacific from Ishinomaki. In those days we thought tsunamis in Oregon could be only relatively small and originating far away, allowing several hours time to evacuate. My hometown of Seaside, Oregon is particularly vulnerable. Seeing so much destruction on the Tohoku coast, I obviously pondered what a similar event would do to the Oregon coast.

Dying for the Photo - Brian Lewinstein, 23, Law Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Karen Sloan reports in Law.com , when on steep embankment in Southern Oregon: " … Lewinstein crossed a safety line to photograph the 120-foot Toketee Falls from above when he slipped and fell down a cliff." This month Brian Lewinstein was to begin his second year at the University of California School of Law. His career plan was public interest law. Instead, his law school and across the nation his classmates are mourning his presumed death.

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Insider Secrets to Attracting the Media with Katrina Cravy

Speaker Launcher

Katrina has worked as an investigative reporter, anchor, and talk show host, for FOX, NBC, and ABC affiliates from Parkersburg, West Virginia to Portland, Oregon. On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are talking about how to get noticed by the media. Today we welcome Emmy Award-Winning TV media veteran, speaker and author, Katrina Cravy. With more than 20 years of media experience, Katrina is now a member of the National Speakers Association.

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Coming from behind to win

Speak Schmeak

Last week it was three guys from Oregon, who came from behind in the 800 meters to make the Olympic team, who got me cheering and my blood pumping. In first place: Nick Symmonds from Willamette University and the Oregon Track Club. In second place: Andrew Wheating from the University of Oregon, a gangly 6'5" sophomore who's only been running track for two years. The Eugene, Oregon crowd yelled louder and louder as one by one, their hometown runners crossed the line.

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Lowering State Bar Passage Score - The Consumer Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Oregon State Supreme Court has lowered the state bar passage score. It had been 284. In the future, it will be 276.  No surprise, deans of OR-based law schoold had advocated the score be reduced to 266. Here are details and commentary from lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com. One wonders if there will be a push-back against this development by consumers of legal services in OR.

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You Don’t Know Dick!

Manner of Speaking

It is the 4 August 2005 Keynote Address that Hardt gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. Ahem … I am referring to Dick Clarence Hardt , founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and a big proponent of Identity 2.0. Unless, of course, you actually do know Dick!). Dick Hardt. The presentation below (which, as you’ll see, was the inspiration for the title of this post) is an old one.

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NATIONAL ENQUIRER - Does it again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Now the story they broke on Al Gore's alleged sexual gropings in Oregon seems to have prompted the police in that state to take another look at the charges the massage therapist made. A second homerun for the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.    There was the story it broke on John Edwards and his affair with Rielle Hunter. 

The Man on the Train - Bad Take on Freedom

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The horror of two murders on the MAX train in Portland, Oregon might be the result of craziness. Or just being naïve about what "freedom" legally means in America. According to the media , the suspect in the murders said: "This is free America, I can do whatever I want." " He assumed that included the freedom to harass two female passengers, one wearing the hijab. When three Good Samaritans stepped in, he felt free to oppose them. Two died.

NATIONAL ENQUIRER - Fall 2009, Still Not Credible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It was the NATIONAL ENQUIRER which broke the story on Al Gore's alleged inappropriate sex overtures with the massage therapist in Oregon.    Now the police in Oregon are reopening that case and the mainstream media there hadn't followed up the allegations, at least not at the time. In Fall 2009, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER posted the story on Tiger Woods's alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel.  

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Two cool, simple, presentations by XPLANE

Presentation Zen

And the XPLANE head quarters is located in one of America's most creative, most livable cities: Portland, Oregon. Do you know XPLANE? If you don't, you should. XPLANE is a hot information design consultancy that works with some of the best organizations on the planet to help them create better understanding. They solve problems through visual collaboration and work to simplify complexity.

Daily Mail & Kroecker Family - Home Is Dangerous Place to Be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Daily Mail reports on the quirky murder-suicide in the Kroecker family in rural Western Oregon. That kind of coverage is becoming its signature, just as conservative politics is that of the Drudge Report. The amazing thing is this: That there are so many suicides-murders to feature. The same evening of the tragic event, the Kroeckers had given a dinner party. Keith, the husband and father, had been an elder in the church. His wife, whom he killed, had sung in the church choir.

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Happy, Healthy, & Educated: A TEDx Talk on Hackschooling

Presentation Zen

When I was a 4th grader at Central School in Seaside, Oregon I remember the day our teacher Mr. Doyle asked us to think about what we wanted to be when we grow up and to write our answer down on a piece of paper (you know, the kind of lined paper with chucks of wood still in it). 13-year old Logan Laplante shares how hacking his education is helping him achieve his goals.

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You Don’t Know Dick

Manner of Speaking

It is the 4 August 2005 Keynote Address that Hardt gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. I am referring to Dick Clarence Hardt , founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and a big proponent of Identity 2.0. Unless, of course, you actually do know Dick!). Dick Hardt. The presentation below (which, as you’ll see, was the inspiration for the title of this post) is an old one.

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InFocus: Great people, great projectors

Presentation Zen

But last summer I received a note from the DIrector of Marketing at InFocus asking if I would come in to see their technology and meet their staff in Portland, Oregon. Since I was going to be in Seattle and the North Oregon Coast in August, I was happy to drive to Portland, the company headquarters, to meet with the InFocus marketing team. With some of the InFocus team at their head offices in Portland, Oregon. "Do you need an in-focus for your meeting?"

It Gotta Be Kiddin' - New Recovery Publication Wants Articles, Offers No Payment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, it seems misguided for a new recovery publication to request on Craigslist - Portland, Oregon Section - articles without providing payment. What's not paid for has no value. That's the gospel of capitalism. That's why in my coaching service for the over-50 I had a sliding scale fee schedule. Even for those chronically unemployed, it's not for free.    One might decry capitalism's brutal ethos. But that's the way it is.

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What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

Speak and Deliver

I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada). And I knew it when I sat down, just like I knew it 10 years ago when I last went overtime, at the Semi-Finals in Oregon. Yesterday was a unique day for me, in terms of competing in Toastmasters at the District Conference Level. I had qualified to represent my Division in both Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) and the International Speech Contest.

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Mushroom hunting and. where's the rain?

Speak Schmeak

Mushroom hunting is big up here in Oregon, and everyone seems to have some experience. We're listening to a piano player singing "Night and Day", drinking local pinot gris and eating a black bean burger with pomme frites in Oregon truffle butter. On Sunday morning, we went to an undisclosed location for mushroom hunting. My friend's husband is an expert from way back and he had a mission: chanterelles for dinner.

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Diseases of the Soul - Medical tourism to Switzerland

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In Oregon and Washington it is legal only for physical ones. The latest in medical tourism is journeying to Switzerland to address diseases of the soul.    Available there are humane options for those who can't find solutions in the U.S.    In WIRED, Matthew Honan explains that in Switzerland is available a package of services for despair.    That starts with counseling, by a third party who has no investment in the outcome. 

You're Already in Your 50s - Yes, You Can Still Get FIREd Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One lawyer I coached after he was released from prison launched an online business off the grid in a cabin in Oregon. In a growing number of career paths we professionals are aging in dog years.    By time we are in our 50s, too often we sit at our desks and daydream about how we can retire. Yet, the cool new way of doing that - FIRE (financial independence, retire early) - seems beyond our grasp. We assume it's too late to get FIREd up. Wrong. 

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Two News Stories Highlight Social Media's Growing Power

Communication Steroids

Not long ago, the Salem Statesman-Journal, an Oregon newspaper, told the story of a Medford, Oregon man attempting to escape the law. He fled the state, running from charges that he had sexually abused an Oregon girl for four years, beginning when she was just eleven. That power was recently underscored by another story; again from Oregon.

Housing Slowdown Puts Kibosh on Retirement Plans - Professionals Forced to Keep Working

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Bloomberg reports, inventory is up 24% in Seattle, Washington and 32% in Portland, Oregon. Selling the house, usually for a significant return on investment, is a standard part of The New Retirement. For many, The New Retirement means being able to leave the high-pressure job with long hours and a hellish commute and downshifting to, as they say, "doing work which won't kill them."

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Housing Slowdown Puts Kibosh on Retirement Plans - Professionals Forced to Keep Working

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Bloomberg reports, inventory is up 24% in Seattle, Washington and 32% in Portland, Oregon. Selling the house, usually for a significant return on investment, is a standard part of The New Retirement. For many, The New Retirement means being able to leave the high-pressure job with long hours and a hellish commute and downshifting to, as they say, "doing work which won't kill them."

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Mel Gibson: Pope isn't only devout RC with big-brand problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He's a defendant in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit from Oregon in the U.S.  It's difficult to determine, who/what has the biggest branding problem: The Roman Catholic Church itself or its high-profile devout members the Pope and Mel Gibson. The Pope's legal problems are well known.    The Pope went to the U.S. Supreme Court to have it tossed and it was a no go.    Now, he's joined in big-brand problems but equally prominent RC Mel Gibson.  

In tabloids we trust - Gore story and more

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   And now, reports  Keach Hagey in POLITICO.COM, it appears it indeed might have committed a sin of omission, just like the Portland, Oregon police. The PORTLAND TRIBUNE, a piece of the mainstream media, didn't dig into the allegations about sexual misconduct by Al Gore.   All this is making it clear that there are few institutions in America we can trust.    The mainstream media and the police frequently cave to the powers-that-be. 

Happy Spring! and a wonderful interview with Guy Finley

Speaking Success International

I will be visiting his foundation’s retreat center in Merlin, Oregon soon and will report back! Happy Spring Everyone! Well, I spent most of March in snowy Massachusetts wearing two coats, scraping ice off my windshield and shoveling snow for my folks. Yet every day I could see flowers called snowdrops coming up through patches of ground. Snowdrops are a beautiful small white flower and they come up and bloom in the snow- even in the worst winter. I LOVE snowdrops.

The eternal power of relationships

Presentation Zen

The next day I wrote this post on my personal blog about my feelings at the time and how that sunny morning on the Oregon Coast back in the USA unfolded. At Christmas 2007 in Oregon I showed my mother the presentation zen book for the first time -- the dedication features a picture of her and my father when they were in their 20s. One year ago today, my mother passed away.

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These Unusual Times - Living Off Grid

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Oregon he put together a kind of shelter for himself. "There are hot spots here and there." " That's how an acquaintance summed up his solution to the age-old situation of Civilization and Its Discontents. For access to the internet he walks toward a hot spot. The buzzphrase for that is: living off the grid. And, post-Charlottesville, more of us feel that pull toward throwing in the towel on trying to get along in society. But, that yearning isn't new, of course.

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The power of a voice, hope, and second chances

Presentation Zen

Things are not always as they appear After college and a stint in Peace Corps, I managed a homeless shelter for men in Oregon. If you have even only peeked at the media over the past two days you have surely stumbled upon the Ted Williams story this week. I first saw the video of Ted Williams via Digg and Reddit before it turned into one best feel-good stories of the year (so far).

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Some tips from a tip jar

Speak Schmeak

While on vacation in Oregon last week, we stopped off at Multnomah Falls (at 620 feet, it's the second highest year-round waterfall in the country). I came across one of my favorite examples so far of the Made to Stick concept of SUCCESs: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional stories to make your ideas stick with an audience. After viewing the falls and marveling at the long journey of the Coho salmon , we stopped at the coffee cart for a hot drink and a pastry.

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"Ignited" by Pamela Slim

Presentation Zen

Below is another example of a good Ignite talk given in my favorite US city, Port land, Oregon by "type nerd" Bram Pitoyo. I'm a huge Pamela Slim fan. I've followed her blog for years, and although we've never met in person, I somehow feel like I know her. We're certainly kindred spirits when it comes to work and ideas concerning thinking differently about life and business.

Those "Youth Magnet" Cities - Always short on [good] jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  One of them is Portland, Oregon.  Today, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL runs an  article about "youth magnet" cities that have few [good] jobs.    But is this news?    What might have been news is a story about a "youth magnet" city which had tons of [good] jobs. I was among the youth who found Ann Arbor, Michigan in the exciting end of the '60s.    A liberal college town, it was a magnet for educated young people. 

Eye gaze and the power of faces

Presentation Zen

Above: The broader theme the speaker was touching on related to personal freedom and fulfillment, so the image of a bird soaring high — an image I took myself while visiting the Oregon Coast — seemed fitting. We have evolved to be amazingly good at seeing faces. From the point of view of evolution, success would certainly have favored those who were good at spotting the faces of a predator in the brush, for example. We see faces everywhere.

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